tasting ‘the elf and shoemaker’

The Elf and Shoemaker by M L Rhodes

The Blurb:

Logan Shoemaker’s honest, hardworking, and loves what he does. Though he never expects to get rich, he’s fared well enough to stay comfortable with his quirky metaphysical store, Shoemaker’s Magick Shoppe. But when the economy falls on hard times, his store pays the price. As each month passes, slow sales turn into no sales, and soon Logan’s living off ramen noodles and sleeping in a freezing house during the cold winter nights as he struggles to make ends meet. His personal life isn’t much better—the worse business at the store grows, the more isolated and lonely he becomes. After a string of mishaps that wipe out the last of his small savings, he finally hits rock bottom the day he discovers the disconnection notice from the electric company hanging on his door. That night, desperate and in despair, he makes a plea to the universe, asking for help.

Needless to say, he never anticipates receiving a response so quickly. Not only does he awaken the next morning to find on his kitchen table four little bottles of a special potion labeled “PASSION,” but he keeps remembering the erotically charged dream he’d had during the night. A dream where a tall, gorgeous man with pointed ears comes to his bed and shows him just what kind of magick they can make together.

But was it a dream? All Logan knows is that his customers can’t get enough of the special potion—an aphrodisiac—and he can’t stop thinking about the sweet seduction of the nighttime visitor who made it. As he tries to sort out what’s real and what’s not, he discovers there’s a much bigger world out there than he’d ever believed, and his true heart’s desire might come in a most unexpected form…

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ Let’s face it, you know from the outset that this is pretty much going to end happily ever after. I didn’t really dislike this exactly, but still a smidge too easy.

Like~ I HEART M L Rhodes’ work. She gives good romance. Enuf said.

Dislike~ I wanted a longer story. I wanted more angst, more conflict, more detail – in real time – about what was happening in the Elf world, etc.

Like~ Awww, Logan and Hallan. *sigh* Perfect characters for this story; not to mention being very smexy together. *YAY*

So, what I think:

M L Rhodes never disappoints. If you like her, you’ll like this sweet story.


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to.

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15 Responses to tasting ‘the elf and shoemaker’

  1. Tam says:

    I bought it last week and have only gotten as far as their first encounter. Not sure its a good sign that I haven’t gone back to it and stayed up until ungodly hours on work nights to finish it. I guess for me that would be my indicator of a 5 star book. LOL But I was enjoying it, certainly nothing negative to say at this point. I think I just have to focus on it. Hopefully while I’m away next week.

  2. Kris says:

    I read so quickly that I have levels associated with my ‘staying up and reading all night’ books. LOL. Twas a good, HEA love story – especially good for when you’re in the mood for this kind of romance. :)And just cos I’m nosy – you going anywhere special or is it a work thing??

  3. Tam says:

    Its a work thing but a trade show in Barcelona and then London for a day and a half of meetings. I’m stuck in London airport almost all day Saturday so I’m hoping to do some power reading. 🙂

  4. Kris says:

    Nothing like airplanes and airports for an excuse to do more reading. :)The last time I flew I had my ereader with me. The young guys sitting next to me were fascinated by ‘my toy’. I wondered whether they had any idea what was actually on the screen while they were ‘playing’. Perhaps they were to embarassed to say anything. *gigglesnort*

  5. Tam says:

    LOL So I don’t have to wear my glasses I crank the text size up on my little netbook to read. If they can read it perhaps I’ll recruit some new fans to m/m.

  6. Kris says:

    … and so Kris and Tam continue their evil plans for m/m romance world domination… all it takes is one step… Ha. Haha. Hahahaha. HAHAHAHAHA. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. ::coughing fit::

  7. Tracy says:

    I think the name would have turned me off…but it sounds kinda cute.

  8. Kris says:

    (My) Morning Tracy!If you looking for a sweet m/m romance some pretty noice smexing, I would recommend this to you. It IS very cute.

  9. Jenre says:

    Please stop doing reviews, Kris. I’m adding too many books to my TBB list.Please, have mercy on my bank account.This books sounds right up my street. 🙂

  10. Kris says:

    Hehehe. I will add ‘Pimp’ to my list of titles, which now include – but are not limited to – Queen Bitch, Speed Reader and Book Goddess. Have you read M L Rhodes before?? I reread her Out of My Mind last night. It reminds me of The One That Got Away with bfs falling in love.

  11. Jenre says:

    No, I haven’t read ML Rhodes before, although I think I’ve looked at her books and considered buying.

  12. Jenre says:

    I’ve just won this over at Wave’s blog! Woo hoo!I would have never chosen it if I hadn’t read this review.Thanks Kris.:)

  13. Kris says:

    Oh, so cool! I hope you like it Jen and I hope you like something else that I’m gonna be doing just for you. *fluttering eyelashes*

  14. Jenre says:

    Now I’m worried…

  15. Kris says:

    Geez Jen. Have some faith. *g*

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